Princess is destined to marry the Emperor, until her sister steps in.

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Cast

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Princess Elizabeth / Cissy (as Miss Grace Moore)
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Maximilian, Duke of Bavaria
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Col. Von Kempen
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Grand Duchess Sofia
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Louise
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Capt. Palfi
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Princess Helena
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Major
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Pretzelberger
George Hassell ...
Herlicka
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Chief of the Secret Police
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Princess is destined to marry the Emperor, until her sister steps in.

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28 May 1936 (USA)  »

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Film debut of Gwen Verdon. See more »

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The Emperor's carriage is unoccupied when it first appears entering the palace but is occupied when it stops. See more »

Quotes

Barker at Shooting Gallery: Well, we all know the emporer plays second fiddle.
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Soundtracks

Learn How To Lose
(Based on the Composer's "Caprice Viennois")
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Fritz Kreisler
Copyright 1936 Carl Fischer, Inc.
Sung by Grace Moore
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About as truthful as George Washington's wooden teeth and his chopping down the cherry tree.
9 August 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

During the 19th century, Empress Sisi of the Austria-Hungarian Empire was the darling of Europe. She was pretty and the newspapers turned her into a sensation. In many ways, the hubbub around her was like that of the late Princess Diana Windsor...with people adoring her though not exactly sure why. In real life, Sisi was a strange, vain lady who couldn't live up to this public image...after all, who could?! Well, because of her huge popularity in her time, it's not at all surprising that she was the subject of quite a few films...such as the lavish Sisi series starring Romy Schneider. Like this series, "The King Steps Out" is pretty much fiction...showing a strong romance with her eventual husband, Emperor Franz Josef...though in real life they could barely stand each other and spent much of their married life apart! So, if you see this film, remember that it is NOT really a biography...just an excuse to see the opera star Grace Moore sing!

The story purports to be the love story of Franz Josef and Sisi. Originally, the Emperor was going to marry Sisi's sister, but the sister already had a boyfriend. As for Sisi, she and the Emperor meet and fall in love...not knowing who the other was. All in all, both appear to be swell, down to Earth people. Apart from the names, pretty much all the story is fiction.

So is it any good? Well, the history teacher within me says no because the film is a historical nightmare. But, on the positive side, while it's a Grace Moore film, she doesn't sing all that much...a major plus for most viewers since most viewers don't want to hear opera music. Overall, pleasant fluff that bears almost no semblance to Sisi or Franz Josef.


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